Life Planning Doula Specialist

Students who successfully complete this class will be prepared to discuss all aspects of advanced care planning with clients and to knowledgeably explain concepts to their clients in an easy to understand manner.

Classes start  August 10th-Novemer 16th,2023. All class meeting times will be at 7pm CST through Google Meets. Graduation will be held on December 20th at 7pmCST. All class recordings are available within 48 hours for students who cannot attend a class live.


Advance care planning is an insurance policy – an assurance to ourselves and our loved ones that our affairs are in order and our wishes are known.


It’s an act of grave empathy and compassion that saves the people who love us the most from having to guess how we would respond to life’s unexpected detours when they’re grief-stricken themselves and provides peace of mind because we know that we communicated our wishes and values long before being asked to make potentially urgent decisions in an upset state of mind.


Taught by IDLM’s Pam Carter, we will discuss advanced care planning on an in-depth level – covering everything from making sure a client’s important usernames and passwords are available to their advocate for emergency access to discussing how client’s might wish their legacy to be remembered after they’re gone.


Advance Care planning is not simply one document, it’s a series of things that complete a well-planned care outline. Discussion will cover the importance of having these completed in advance, as well as in-depth concept education so doulas understand and can explain each document clearly so clients can make informed decisions.

Pam Carter

Pam Carter

Over the last 40 years, Pam has worked with countless individuals as they prepared for their good death, supported loved ones as they made their final good-byes and guided people through the process of settling the estates of those who had passed on. 


Pam views her work as an end-of-life doula and educator to be a sacred calling. Before this work was the focus of her career, she found herself being the “go-to” person in her community for providing education, advice and support to those preparing to die and their loved ones who are navigating the process of settling an estate while processing their own grief. 


After working with so many different individuals and families across the economic spectrum, Pam realized that end-of-life education, planning and values-based care is sorely lacking for the majority. Today, she focuses her work on helping people prepare for their final adventure – a good death – through advanced planning education and active work “in the field” as a medical advocate and an end-of-life doula.

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